The August Garden in zone 9 is not nearly as pretty as as in some other zones. But that’s ok, we’ve had our time of green and now it’s our time of brown for while. It’s actually been a little cooler than the last couple of summers. We’ve just, within the last 2 weeks, hit the 100 degree mark. We were commenting about how cool it was the other evening and then checked the temperature – it was a cool 86 degrees, at 9pm.
Even though most of our garden is done and we’re cleaning it up to get ready for the fall, there are still a few surprises to found.
This is a big view of the garden. As you can see, most of our garden is dead or dying. But not this grass, it’s growing pretty good here, since this is the only area we really water.
Our okra is producing. I know many people consider okra fodder, but we love our fried okra. I’m hoping I planted enough this year that we can freeze some for the winter.
Some of our basil is seeding. I just love basil. I’m collecting the seeds to plant next spring all around the garden and chicken coop.
The power house greens of zone 9 has to swiss chard (and kale). This was planted last fall. We’ve kind of ignored it this summer as we’ve been eating summer squash and green beans, but now that those aren’t producing, we’re harvesting the swiss chard again. I just cleaned all the dead bean plants out of this area. You can see how dry it is by the cracks in the ground. I gave the chard a good watering and mulching.
This is our sweet pototo patch. Did you know you can eat the leaves? Well, you can; just saute them like spinach.
We’re still getting a few yellow pear tomatoes each day. I think this plant will survive until our first freeze and we’ll get another rush of tomatoes once it cools off a bit.
In front of our well house I planted a small chili pequin plant and some rosemary two years ago. They are doing great. In fact we picked about half the ripe pepper just the day before this photo was taken. See that dry brown grass, that’s what the rest of my yard looks like :-(.
The pecan trees are doing pretty good. I forget to water them most weeks, so I’m pretty happy to see that they have pecans.
This is our knee high fig tree….with a fig bud! Figs are normally ripe in our area around July 4th. So, I have no idea what will happen with this little fig.
After 3 years our plumeria is finally blooming. Carl bought this for me after my dad passed away and my kids were excited about having a “cigar” plant. We told them it was a plumeria, not a cigar plant??? They said that my dad had one with a few cigar butts in the pot and when they asked about it, he told them he put them there so the plant would grow him some more cigars. So even though we all know this is a plumeria, we all call it the cigar plant.
What’s growing in your garden? Please tell me about it in the comments, feel free to leave links if you have photos of your garden, so I can see some green.
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